Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Full Set!: Devendra Banhart Live in Boston, MA 9-25-07

That's right...this show happened last night, and it's up and ready to download already!

Thanks to the awesome Dave who also recorded the Wolf Parade show about a month ago, as this bootleg is the work of him. The show was so much fun: a gradual progression in the truest sense of the word. Devendra and his band took stage initially with acoustic instruments, hair tied up in a bunch and concealed with a bandanna. They all sat initially, giving the gig a coffee house feel, albeit a large coffee house. After a few songs, they stood and grabbed their electric instruments. However it wasn't until Devendra and every else with long enough hair tore off their bandannas and let their hair flow that the gig really got going. At any other show, that would be a minor move, yet when it's Devendra whose mane could front its own band, it's a big deal. The response was huge. The band picked up momentum fast, and the gig became a dancefest. Midway through he asked if anyone in the audience has written a song recently, which resulted in a girl named Marianne hopping up on stage and performing one of her own songs. I've never seen something like this happen at a show before. Devendra took things down a key again with the much-beloved "Little Yellow Spider," the end of the pre-encore set. Devendra then emerged shirtless to at least 4 times the response of him letting down his hair and ended the night with "This Beard is for Siobhan" and "I Feel Just Like a Child." He headed over to the merch table after the show and signed really elaborate autographs, actually more like customized drawings, for anyone that wanted one. I left feeling the biggest musical high I've had in a long time.

Here the link:

Devendra Banhart - Live at the Roxy, Boston MA 9-25-07

It's a 256 kbps rip...FLAC will be posted on dimeadozen soon...

The setlist varies a bit in order from what was played. I love all the Zs.

Here's a video I took of "This Beard is for Siobahn." It's a little jiggly at times because I had two people swaying back and forth in front of me at intermittent intervals. I superimposed the bootleg audio over my video. Therefore mediocre visuals + superb audio. How often to you get that in the youtube world?

Compilation of various clips from the show:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Devendra Banhart - Autumn's Child

I'm seeing the guy tonight. Autumn song #2. Pretty pretty pretty. Off to Boston!!

Devendra Banhart - Autumn's Child

"Autumn's child
Raise your head
Autumn's child
You sweet young thing
Stay dead horse
Stand dead horse
Run river run
Sun shine sun
Sing child sing
Sing your song
Sing your song
Autumn's child
Come raise your head
Autumn's child
Sweet young thing
Sweet young thing"

"This Beard is for Siobham" + "Autumn's Child" Live in Boston 2003

Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Olivia Tremor Control - I Can Smell all the Leaves

Yesssss. I'm back! I have a new host, and a new series: Autumn Songs.

However first on the host: I'm hoping minorcrisis gets resolved soon and this switch is only temporary. The bandwidth minor crisis allowed far exceeded that of my replacement, filefreak. Filefreak allows me 500 megs of traffic a day, and when taken in account about 4 or 5 megs per song, and the amount of downloads, I likely won't last a whole day. Each entry I do gets an average of about 200 hits, with a range from maybe 25 to 2,500. This could get crazy.

So the autumn- I absolutely adore this time of year, only to be beaten by winter, my favorite season. Perhaps the more barren, cold, and dead the environment is, the more I like it. Maybe weird, but something about this time of year makes me feel more alive than ever.

I've had entries about the Olivia Tremor Control before. I've proclaimed my love for them... their two brilliant albums... their underrated songwriting and gorgeous melodies juxtaposed with mindmelting experimentation. They're just such a great band.

For a song that welcomes the coming of Autumn I can't think of a better one this this track from their debut "Music From the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle." After all, the opening line outright introduces the season. Other than that obvious note, it encapsulates the feel of the season very well, the sensory overload, and in my opinion the closeness of the season- how it just feels more personal than any other. Even if you're alone, Autumn leaves you feeling full and wanted. There's also Halloween. Hallowen is awesome.

The Olivia Tremor Control - I Can Smell All the Leaves

"Autumn is here
I can smell the leaves
Little by little it gets colder

Take the bus downtown
Ride a bike
To the park
With your trip

People everywhere
Immediate processors
Writing books and climbing stairs

Just a few hours
The sun goes down
All the people hanging around go back home
or stay downtown

Autumn is here
I can smell the leaves
The color of fire
I look at the trees grow older"

The Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk at Cubist Castle
OTC Live in 1999 (Full-set!)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Slowdive - Alison

I think it's safe to say that every genre is over cluttered. A lot of bands may be worthwhile, but there's just a handful of truly great ones. Slowdive is one of those few. I'd say that next to MBV, they're the second most definitive shoegaze band. With this I think they're the perfect band to close my two weeks of Shoegaze.

I've already expressed my love for them and featured by favorite song of theirs in this entry, so therefore this one instead will have their best known song, "Alison".

Slowdive - Alison

"Listen close and don't be stoned
I'll be here in the morning
Cause I'm just floating

While your cigarette still burns
Your messed up world will thrill me
Alison I'm lost

Alison I said we're sinking
There's nothing here but thats okay
Outside your room your sisters spinning
But she laughs and tells me shes just fine
I guess shes out there somewhere

And the sailors they strike poses
The covered walls answer slowly
With your talking and your pills
Your messed up life still thrills me
Alison I'm lost

Alison I'll drink your wine
I'll wear your clothes when we're both high
Alison I said were sinking
But she laughs and tells me its just fine
I guess shes out there somewhere"

Promo-video that fits the song perfectly

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dear My hundreds of Devoted Boner Blog Readers/ People who have stumbled here from a hype machine search.

The site where I host all my mp3s, is being really stupid. More than really: incredibly stupid. If minorcrisis were a person right now, their favorite comedians would be Larry the Cable Guy and Carlos Mencia. It's been down for the last three days. Inexcusable, especially how I give them $. I'm a doner. Thanks for the privileges. Pysch.

If this doesn't resolve soon I'll be looking for a new host. I used to do, but the 5meg upload limitation per file is pretty restrictive. So...mehhhh.

Hopefully I'll be back soon.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Drop Nineteens - Winona

This is my second entry on the Drop Nineteens, my first covering their musical contribution for the Adventures of Pete & Pete. Now I bring their most successful song, one that was actually a relative hit in the college radio spectrum. The "Winona" in this song is actually Winona Ryter, who was major indie crush material in the early 90's especially after Heathers (one of my personal favorites ever) and Edward Scissorhands. Winona's also indulged in a few musical flings of their own, including dating Conor Oberst, Paul Westerberg, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beck, Jamiroquai, Chris Issak, Dave Grohl, Pete Yorn, Adam Duritz, Dave Pirner (of Soul Asylum), Evan Dando (of the Lemonheads), Michael Nesmith (of the Monkeys- yes that Monkeys), Rhett Miller (of the Old-97's), Stephen Jenkins (of Third Eye Blind), Tre Cool (of Green Day), Page Hamilton (of Helmet), and even Everlast. Yes, Everlast. That's what it's like for Miss. Winona. This doesn't even include the actors (and actress!) she'd dated. For that check out her page on WhosDatedWho, a site that I enjoy much more than I'll admit.

This "Winona" however gets around much less. In fact few have heard of the Drop Nineteens at all. Pity, pity. Out of all the "shoegaze" I've posted so far, this song is one of my favorites. Unfortunately I have no lyrics for it.

Drop Nineteens - Winona


Drop Nineteens - Delaware

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic

This is very good. Sorry- I have a paper to write tonight.

Read this instead:

"The song that broke, and betrothed Catherine Wheel to the American public, "Black Metallic" could probably be counted in the ranks of ballad -- albeit one with a droning guitar and a subsonic wailing that cudgeled the listener over the head, at the same time as caressing them to ecstasy. Surviving from embryonic material that pre-dated the band, and first previewed in a BBC Session in early 1991, the song then reappeared as Catherine Wheel's major-label debut single, giving them their first U.K. chart success, reaching number 68. It also enjoyed massive attention Stateside, thanks to the band's year-long U.S. tour. And, for those not in the know on the live circuit, MTV picked up the slack as the disturbingly spectral "Black Metallic" video slotted into fairly heavy rotation. With a deeply textured guitar drone and wallop to lead the way, and backed by a forcefully lazy drum beat, Rob Dickinson vocals, which he renders quite tender here, play beautifully off the noise behind in an ebb and flow which drains to nothing by the end of the song -- a seven-minute epic. Enough there for the rockers to get theirs off to, the lyrics caused a nation of next-generation shoegazers to swoon. While they may not have understood Dickinson's full meaning among "It's the color of your skin, you're skin is black metallic," the intent was enough for many to wish it would happen to them. It was with wry intent indeed that Dickinson ater admitted the song was about an automobile".

Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic

"I've never seen you when you're smiling
It really gets under my skin
You say it's easy when it's faster
I still can't guess what you're after

It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic
It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic

I think of you when you're sleeping
Of all the secrets that you're keeping
You can't stay all day under the covers
'Cause under there you'll discover

It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic
It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic
You're turning black metallic...

It's the colour of your skin
It's the colour of your skin...

Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic
Your skin is black metallic
You're turning black metallic

It's the colour of your skin
Your skin is black metallic"

Promo video

Catherine Wheel - Ferment

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Swervedriver - Rave Down

Swervedriver. They brought a more aggressive form of shoegaze: faster tempos, more forceful vocals, but of course the trademark swirling guitars and walls of distortion were still there.

I can't give much personal opinion, as I've never heard an entire album by these guys. I've looked at the covers of a few however and they look hideous. But you know how that saying goes.

I do know this one song by them though. It's a good one, though unlike some other acts in the genre Swervedriver sound very much from their time. And by their time I mean they sound very 90's. Take that however you want it. It sounds like Swervedriver were influenced by a lot so it's hard to pinpoint them directly. I'm not going to say grunge-gaze, though one of their first tours was with Soundgarden....

Swervedriver - Rave Down

"Rave down, hit the ground

Before the pistol crack spins me out sideways
Like the sharp hard hit of a car crash in a dream
There's kids on the corner wanna
Beat-box my brains to bits
You can't cut creed clean
Things ain't black or white like they seem

Rave down, hit the ground

4 AM all night hell gas station
Before we cruise off to the beach
Where the breeze blows easy and slow
We hung tight all night and no gig to go to
There could be something happenin' here
But there's just no place to go
Your town ain't lively up no more
Rave Down

Deep hot sun burns through the city
Yeah, they're havin' to peel
The pedestrians off the walls
Ex-cop 'round the block
Rockin' chair, suckin' beer
He blasts flies with his gun
Because swatting's no fun
Your town ain't hypin' up no more
Rave down
Rave down, hit the ground"

Promo video

Swervedriver - Raise

Monday, September 10, 2007

My Bloody Valentine - Soon


My Bloody Valentine - Soon

"Wake up
Don't fear
I want to
Love you
Yeah don't go there
I let you get to me
Yeah yeah

Come back
Don't be
Afraid of me
That (I'll harm you)
Your eyes are blue
Blue jewels
Yeah yeah
Come back
Have faith
Someone like you
Can find the reason
Of what I did to you
Yeah yeah"

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Friday, September 7, 2007

Ride - Vapour Trial

This song is so brilliant. I'm not big on the band as a whole (maybe they still need to click) but this one song... it's frighteningly good. Is there some divine force behind this song? Could this actually be played be mortal human beings? There's part of me that doesn't even want to look further into the band: my relationship with this song is so perfect as it is.

Let's see what others have to say...

"no words could ever properly describe this song"

"The whole riff with the 12 string guitar is fantastic. Jingly Jangly + Celestial = Best. Song. Ever".

"i have this imagery of a beautiful 'deep blue sky' day with the song's persona sitting down (or riding in a car, down the freeway) as he/she ruminates about his/her relationship with the object of the song.

but in essence, i really think this song is a beautiful piece on the transient aspect of love. the seemingly (bitter)sweet melancholy illuminates the pure bliss that one feels when listening to this song. i honestly love this song". -jermy

"i feel infinite." -Rashikal

"I used to have a friend who lived by me, and our apartment complexes were separated by a golf course.

There were many nights when I listened to this song on my walkman, in the cold breeze of the night. Just me, the stars, and this AMAZING song.

I just can't tell you what this song does to me. I feel bliss...the bliss that comes from falling in love. I also feel a little longing, because I wish I had someone to share this song with.

Oh, and the end when everything drops out and it's just the viola (I've been told it's a viola...I'm not too literate on string instruments)...oh my god. The song just enters a new dimension of beauty and feeling.

God, this song is amazing. I get choked up every time I listen to it." -velmaxcorgan

" This MUST be the best song in the world." -Reality-morph

"yes, yes- it's true. this is the greatest song ever." -Mad_Martigan

Ride - Vapour Trail

"First you look so strong
Then you fade away
The sun will blind my eyes
I love you anyway
Thirsty for your smile
I watch you for a while
You are a vapour trail
In a deep blue sky
Tremble with a sigh
Glitter in your eye
You seem to come and go
I never seem to know
And all my time
Is yours as much as mine
We never have enough
Time to show our love"

Promo Video:

Ride - Nowhere

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Pale Saints - Sight of You, Sea of Sound

I love the name Pale Saints. It sounds so peaceful. Urban dictionary tells me a pale saint is a "white skinned catholic." Okay then.

This band, although I only discovered them a few months ago, are absolutely fantastic. They're one of those bands that you either love or have never heard. Yes, that's quite a generalization, but look at the Amazon reviews for The Comforts of Madness, their debut and finest achievement. Though there's only ten reviews, they all are 5 star raves.

They're a band that doesn't have much of a story and instead we're left with the music to go by. I heard they're all way into football though. And by football I mean soccer.

Yeah. They're pretty cool. On the contrary, rather than the wintry feel a lot of shoegaze gives me, Pale Saints are a bit warmer, recalling summer nights. I'm not going to post the lyrics to this song, because when written out they look kinda lame. "The things you said/ Make me feel bad/My heart is sad"
See what I mean? Okay... shit, maybe the lyrics do suck. But the song is great! You'll love it!

Pale Saints - Sight of You

"The sight of you
The sight of you
Makes me feel blue
Makes me feel blue
The things you said
The things you said
Make me feel bad
My heart is sad

I think of him
I think of him
Soaked all in red
I wish him dead
You say that he
You say that he's
Nothing like me
But how can that be?

What can I do?
What can I say?
The world was large
And I felt very small
What's gonna happen?
How will I know
When things are back
The way they used to be before?"

I posted the lyrics anyways. Have a laugh if you must. But then when you hear the melody , you'll be the one laughed at! By that I mean the melody is so strong it has the power to laugh at its inferiors, and people. The song though its on the Comforts of Madness was recorded for an earlier EP. Probably their most accessible song.

Accessible isn't always the ultimate though, and most often it isn't. Here's my favorite song of theirs, "Sea of Sound"," a beautifully atmospheric and serene track that actually sounds like its title. The lyrics are a little better too, but still keep in mind they're not the guiding force for this band. Just imagine you're some place you love and listen to this song. It's bliss.

Pale Saints - Sea of Sound

"Your body's cold
You're on the bed
I'm the only one
Who knows you're there
I'm reeling in that silver line
The cord that brings you back in time
Reality obscures my view
The pain of wanting to
When am I going to be a part of you?

Your eyes are closed
They're in your hair
But I'll make it
just say you care
when every one has had their fill
You're holding on although you're ill
I watch the ripples in the storm
Until I have the brew
And then I throw the evening
over you

How can you want to stay like this?
The choice is ignorance or bliss
We'll go together don't be scared
It won't take long we'll soon be there
When we arrive just look around
There's so much to be found
We'll sail away upon a sea of sound"

Pale Saints Live TV footage

Pale Saints - The Comforts of Madness

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Spacemen 3- Honey

-Hey, do you know Spacemen 3?
~No... what's that?
-Oh. They're a band.. from the 80's...kinda like psychedelic post-punk, you know, shoegazey before it became the trend and all.
~Oh yeah... totally.
- Oh. Spiritualized... it's the same guy.
- Spiritualized... "Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating on Space?"
~ Ohhh. Okay. That's a good one.
~So, did they have a big song or anything?
- Not really... "Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to" was their motto though, and you hear that said every now and then.
~ Oh, like that group!
~Yeah. I'm in a group called that. There's over 6,000 members- It's people who like enhancing their music by listening while under the influence of various mind-altering drugs.
-That so...
~Yeah, It's cool.
- Mm
~ Yeah
- Okay, well I'll just be..

Spacemen 3 - Honey

"Honey, won’t you take me home tonight?
Honey, won’t you take me home tonight?
Honey, won’t you take me home tonight?
The night is warm and the starts are bright

Take my hand, baby, hold me tight
Every move gonna feel so right

See the moon smiling through the night
I feel so good and my mood is right
Oh, honey, won’t you take me home tonight?

Honey, won’t you take me home tonight?
Feels so right
Feels so right
Honey, won’t you take me home tonight?
Feels so right
Feels so right"

Listen to the wind whistling through
Surely ain’t nothin’ that we can’t do
Surely ain’t nothin’ that we can’t do"

Spacemen 3 + Strange Animation

Spacemen 3 - Playing with Fire

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Dinosaur Jr. - Little Fury Things

Back to shoegaze. Dinosaur Jr. Along with the JAMC, they were a key influence on the genre, but however musically they're far from shoegaze. I probably should have done this entry before My Bloody Valentine as it's proto-shoegaze still as well as earlier in time, but it's too late for that now.

Loud guitars that sound like a mammoth wall of noise, droning chords and imperfect, sluggishly delivered vocals. That's what the shoegazers saw and loved in Dinosaur Jr. However for everyone else, they rocked...really hard. Please excuse my use of this very metal term (something I am very much not) but this album, You're Living All Over Me, and its respective guitar work absolutely shreds. It's easily one of the best albums of the 80's and one of my favorites of all time.

Here's the big opener:

Dinosaur Jr. - Little Fury Things

"What is it?
Who is it?
Where is it?

A rabbit falls away from me, I guess I'll crawl
A rabbit always smashes me, again I'll crawl
Tried to think what's over me, it makes me crawl
Then she runs away from me, faster than I crawl
I stopped to call, tried to feel it all
Stuck my hand and pulled real hard
Got stretch in miles, not in yards
Then I read, about all those who believe all of your lies
Sunlight brings the rage right in your eyes

A rabbit falls away from me, I guess I'll crawl
A rabbit always smashes me, again I'll crawl
Tried to think what's over me, it makes me crawl
Then she runs away from me, faster than I crawl

A rabbit falls away from me, I guess I'll crawl
A rabbit always smashes me, again I'll crawl
Tried to think what's over me, it makes me crawl
Then she runs away from me, faster than I crawl"

Dinosaur Jr. "Little Fury Things" Promo video

Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me

Sunday, September 2, 2007

ISYES Exclusive: Wolf Parade Live 8-18-07 @ Download Festival

Okay, so Sunday entries are practically unheard of on this blog, but today is a special exception. Besides, I was too busy seeing Girl Talk on Friday for an entry.

I'll cut to the chase... this is an exclusive Wolf Parade bootleg, made first available by this blog! My good friend Dave is the taper of this show, and personal bias aside, it's the best quality taping you'll hear at the moment of the new Wolf Parade songs. This set featured plenty of them, five to be exact. Them only playing two old songs, "Shine a Light" and "I'll Believe in Anything" was met with disdain by more than just a few, but I'm getting the feeling that when the new album finally comes our way, It's going to be really cool to be one of the select few to have heard the songs so early and in a live setting. I know for sure that when the album is released (coughleaks) I'll be thinking about this set and saying to myself, wow- so that's the direction they took the song, or hey- this isn't different at all. In any case a truncated Wolf Parade set from a windy, bee-filled, heavily Volkswagen sponsored festival with unclear event times, Guster fans, and $5 water is now forever preserved. And that- that is good.

Full Show: Wolf Parade Live @ Download Festival 8-18-07 Mansfield, MA

MP3s are at 256 kbps. A lossless version is available. If interested, contact me.

Chinese Way
F.Y.C/ Fine Young Cannibal
Shine a Light
I'll Believe in Anything
Crazy Horse

"I'll Believe in Anything" Live Video from the show (that I didn't take)

Wolf Parade @ Subpop Records